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SMEs face rising business costs

The majority of small businesses in the UK (95 per cent) have seen a rise in business costs over the past year, according to research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

Record number of Scottish SMEs benefit from reduced rate scheme

Around 89,087 Scottish businesses have benefited from the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) in the past year, Government data has revealed.

Supply Chain Finance to support business finance and cash-flow

The UK's largest businesses could soon be supporting small and medium sized enterprises through a new Supply Chain Finance scheme.

Regional Growth Fund dishes out third round

The Regional Growth Fund has selected 130 projects for its third round of funding, worth £1 billion.

Funding for Lending Scheme crawls towards target

Five of the UK's six largest lenders have joined the Bank of England's (BoE's) Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) designed to increase lending to households and businesses.

Business bank: Further details unveiled

Business secretary Vince Cable has unveiled further plans for a £1 billion Government-backed business bank to help small and medium sized businesses access finance.

Start-Up Loan scheme to help launch 30,000 young entrepreneurs

A new Government start-up scheme is set to launch up to 30,000 young entrepreneurs towards starting their own companies.

Small business confidence knocked in third quarter

Challenging economic conditions, access to finance and squeezed consumer spending have all knocked small business's confidence in the third quarter of 2012, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Northern Ireland's SMEs urged to embrace innovation

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is calling for Northern Ireland's businesses to take advantage of up to £4,000 of EU funding aimed directly at developing innovative projects.

Businesses urged to appeal 'unfair' finance rejections

Small businesses that feel their application for finance has been unfairly rejected should take advantage of the appeals process, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) claims.

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